Friday, September 18, 2020


Last night saw the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority’s Awards Ceremony for the second edition of the Food and Travel Bahrain Awards held under the patronage of H.E Mr. Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce & Tourism.

We are delighted to launch the second edition of this prestigious award which is the ultimate standard for hospitality and travel. Hosting these Awards is a testament of Bahrain’s position as a destination of choice for the best hotels, restaurants and cafes in the region,” His Excellency commented.

As a nation steeped in history, rich in culture, and a passion for food & hospitality dating back millennia it was only fitting that the world-renowned Food and Travel Magazine and the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority once again teamed up to deliver the ultimate standard for Awards in the Kingdom; the prestigious Bahrain Food and Travel Bahrain Awards” he added

The discerning public have made their voices heard, with over 121,000 votes cast, choosing an elite band of finalists; ensuring the 2017 Food & Travel Bahrain Awards genuinely reflect not only public opinion but expert judgement too; a testament to the depth and quality of our nation’s flourishing hospitality industry, confirming Bahrain’s place on the culinary and tourism map.” observed His Excellency Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Tourism Exhibitions Authority.

Food and Travel’s expert panel of hotel and restaurant inspectors have been tirelessly working for the last 12 months reviewing, researching and revisiting the finalists in their exhaustive and unbiased search for perfection.” added Salah Alhaiki, Publisher of Food and Travel Magazine.

The glittering event was attended by the leading lights of the Kingdom’s hospitality industry; the presentation party included an array of distinguished guests including H.E Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, H.E. Alok Kumar Sinha, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and H.E Ahmed Rasheed Khattabi, Ambassador of Morocco to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Bandar bin Fahad Al Fuhaid, the President of Arab Tourism Organization, and H.E Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO of BTEA.

The Winners

Top Table    
Bahrain Chef of the Year   Michael Sang-Kyu Lee – Meisei
International Chef of the Year   Oliver Glowig – Ritz-Carlton
Breakthrough Chef of the Year   Cesar De Leon Torres – Ritz-Carlton
Restaurant of the Year   Rasoi by Vineet – The Gulf Hotel
Hotel of Year   Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Fine Dining Award   La Vinoteca Barcelona – Adliya
Best 5 Star Hotel   Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Best Resort Hotel   Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Best City Hotel   InterContinental Regency Bahrain
Best Weekend Destination Hotel Sofitel Bahrain
Best 4 Star Hotel   Swiss-Belhotel
Best Banqueting & Events   The Gulf Hotel
Best Spa   Thalassa Sea and Spa – Sofitel Bahrain
Service Award   Downtown Rotana – Manama
Best Indian   Rasoi by Vineet – The Gulf Hotel
Best Asian Fusion   Meisei – Adliya
Best Japanese   Mirai – Adliya
Best Chinese   David’s Stir Fry Crazy
Best Thai   Royal Thai – The Gulf Hotel
Best Middle Eastern   Takht Jamsheed – The Gulf Hotel
Best International   Bahrain Bay Kitchen – Four Seasons
Best Steakhouse & Grill   Meat Co – Adliya
Best Brunch   Sofitel Bahrain
Best Ramadan Tent   Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Best Mediterranean   Masso – The Palace Hotel
Best On the Town   Bushido – Seef
Best Casual Chic   Camelot – Adliya
Best Family   La Plage – Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Best All Day Casual   The Orangery – The Palace Hotel
Best Afternoon Tea   The Ritz Gourmet Lounge – Ritz-Carlton
Best Gourmet Fast Food   Gold Label Burger – Saar


Carême Award                                         InterContinental Regency Bahrain

Peoples Choice                                        Café Lilou – Adliya

Rising Star                                                My Café – Adliya

Newcomer                                                Nomad Eatery – Seef

Specialist Retailer                                    Bateel – City Centre

“I was told by the Chair of the expert panel that once again this was one of the tightest Food and Travel Awards to judge in almost 25 years; with the winner of so many categories being down to additional visits and hot debate before awarding the ultimate accolade of ‘Best in Bahrain’.” said Salah Alhaiki

“Only by rewarding the best, encouraging success and demonstrating excellence can we compete with the international community and these awards have shown that Bahrain has the talent and commitment to achieve both.” Concluded Sheikh Khaled

The 2017 Food and Travel Bahrain Awards ceremony was held on 22nd February 2017 in the Ballroom at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain.

Read more about all the great finalists and winners at


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